At midnight on New Year’s Eve, Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon attended an annual ceremony to ring the bell at Bosingak (Belfry) in Jongno with 15 dignitaries representing about 10 million citizens in Seoul to greet the New Year with shouts of expectation and hope.
Oh arrived at Bosingak around 11:40 p.m. on Dec. 31 last year and greeted the massive number of people who attended the ceremony. At midnight, Oh rang the bell 33 times with the 15 dignitaries to ring out the Year of the Ox and ring in the Year of the Tiger.
In a speech, Oh said 2010 would be a busy year for Seoul as the city is set to host a series of international events, including the World Design Capital 2010, the 2010-2012 Visit Korea Year and a G-20 summit in November. Oh emphasized that Seoul should embrace those events as an opportunity to increase the city’s awareness in the world and cement the nation’s economic recovery.